But despite Ireland’s status as a developing nation, Castleford forward Boyle says the team will head into the tournament confident of being successful.
“We’ve got a good chance of qualifying, but we’re under no illusions, we know it’s a tough group,” said Boyle.
“You’ve got to play those games eventually though, and we’re looking forward to each of them.
“We’re not just looking to turn up, we’re looking to compete in every match we play in.
“The main thing for us is to qualify for the knockout stage, but we’ll take each game as it comes and aim to maintain a level of consistency in our performances.
“If we’re competitive then who knows what could happen, and who’s saying we can’t progress beyond expectations.”
But while revenge is certain to be on the agenda for the Wolfhounds this year, Boyle admits that it’s the clash with the Kangaroos at Thomond Park, Limerick, that fills him with the most excitement.
“I’m really looking forward to the game at Thomond Park, and hopefully the Irish people can turn up in their numbers and get behind us,” he said.
“I’m lucky enough to have played over in Ireland before so I know just how much it means to the people.
“They turned out in force for that one and, with the best players in the world on show at RLWC2013, I’m sure they will again.
“It’s an exciting sport and I’m sure the players will want to put a show on for those in attendance.
“We want to show people what a great sport Rugby League is. Those who haven’t checked out the code before should take this opportunity.
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